If you play in dynasty format fantasy baseball leagues here at dynastysportsempire.com or elsewhere, you likely already know the value of having a healthy and deep minor league system. Keeping up on literally thousands of minor league players is darn near impossible for the average fantasy baseball owner. I like to think of myself as your funnel to sift through all the minor league talent and display for you the names you should know about.
Coming this offseason I plan to announce my top 10 dynasty fantasy baseball minor league prospects for each MLB organization. In the meantime, at multiple points during the season, I will be doing a notes article like this on each MLB organization’s minor league system that highlights multiple players that are doing well and that for sure should be on your radar as a dynasty league fantasy baseball owner.
Today we look at some of the Atlanta Braves minor league hitters and pitchers that are having positive seasons and that also have the talent level that is potentially worthy of a dynasty league roster spot (depending on how deep your roster size is).
Ozzie Albies: (AAA: Gwinnett Braves):
Last season Mr. Albies stole 30 combined bases in AA and AAA ball. This season, after 148 plate appearances, he already has 10 stolen bases. He has only been caught stealing once this season. Ideally he’d have a higher batting average (.248) than it is right now and / or a higher BB% (5.4%). However, at least his elite fantasy baseball tool is working well and on full display early in the season.
Sean Newcomb: (AAA: Gwinnett Braves):
The 24-year-old Mr. Newcomb has started the season well. In 7 games started (37.1 innings pitched) he has 46 strikeouts to go along with a 2.89 ERA. His FIP is decent as well (3.13). It’s nice to see the increased strikeouts (28.4%…which is excellent), however the walks remain a major concern (11.7%…which is beyond awful). Thus, his command is still an issue.
Patrick Weigel: (AA: Mississippi Braves):
Mr. Weigel was just promoted to AAA ball, so it will be really interesting to see how he does there. He most definitely earned the promotion with his work in AA ball in 2017. He was 3-0 in 7 games started and had a 2.89 ERA in those 37.1 innings pitched. His 2.77 FIP also was something to get excited about. His 3.45 K/BB ratio was excellent. If he can keep this up in AAA ball he might be worthy off a deeper dynasty league add. He definitely should be on your radar after this beginning to the season.
Mike Soroka: (AA: Mississippi Braves):
It’s always nice to see 19-year-old’s pitch well in AA ball, as they are young for the level. Mr. Soroka has compiled a 2.84 ERA in 38 innings pitched (7 games started). His FIP of 3.56 says that he’s been lucky on the mound. That said, it’s great to see him with a 4.50 K/BB ratio (excellent).
Kolby Allard: (AA: Mississippi Braves):
Mr. Allard has pitched 39 innings in AA ball this season and is another 19-year-old succeeding at that level for the Atlanta Braves franchise. He has an awesome 1.38 ERA, but that is a bit deceiving as his FIP is 3.16. So, he’s had a bunch of good fortune on the pitcher’s mound. Still, it has been an impressive start to the season for him.
Alex Jackson: (A+: Florida Fire Frogs):
Maybe all Mr. Jackson needed was a change of scenery. The former 6th overall pick in the 2014 June Amateur Draft has started out on fire for his new employers. No longer in the Seattle Mariners organization, Mr. Jackson is now making noise with the Atlanta Braves minor league organization. In 150 plate appearances at the A+ ball level he already has 10 home runs and a .312 batting average to go along with those home runs. Sure, his likely elevated .367 BABIP is helping him to a very nice batting average, but it’s hard to ignore that .304 (beastly power) isolated power (ISO) number! He is a must watch at this point, at the very least.
Austin Riley: (A+: Florida Fire Frogs):
Mr. Riley has a .281 batting average with 7 home runs in 154 plate appearances this season in A+ ball. His power has gone down a little bit, but still is at .180 ISO. He’s having a nice season in the early goings of 2017.
Ronald Acuna: (A+: Florida Fire Frogs):
Mr. Acuna actually is in AA ball now. He earned his promotion with a solid overall showing for the Fire Frogs. Since he only has 17 plate appearances in AA ball thus far, we will only be looking at his time with the Fire Frogs. He had a .287 batting average with 3 home runs and 14 stolen bases in 126 plate appearances while there. His ISO was a very nice .191 and he was caught stealing only 3 times. His high .411 BABIP contributed to his nice batting average. Another concern is the 31.7% K% he had. He’s an exciting talent, that’s for sure.
Luiz Gohara: (A+: Florida Fire Frogs):
Mr. Gohara has been promoted to AA ball. He earned his promotion with his fine work while with the Fire Frogs. He had a 1.98 ERA (2.10 FIP) in 36.1 innings pitched (7 games started) and didn’t allow a home run. His K/BB ratio was 3.90 (excellent). As you can see, the Braves have a lot of talent in their minor league system that fantasy baseball owners should either be rostering, or at the very least, keeping an eye on.
Randy Ventura: (A: Rome Braves):
Well, 13 stolen bases in 14 attempts and a .336 batting average in 130 plate appearances will get you noticed. It should be noted, however, that he has a high BABIP (.411).
Ian Anderson: (A: Rome Braves):
Mr. Anderson was the 3rd overall pick in the 2016 June Amateur Draft, and he is having a fine start to the season. In 28 innings pitched (6 games started) he has a 3.21 ERA and 3.10 FIP. The strikeouts are there (37 so far this year) but right now he’s walking a lot of guys with a 14.4% BB% (beyond awful).
Bryse Wilson: (A: Rome Braves):
So far, so good for Mr. Wilson in his first taste of A ball. In 31.1 innings pitched (7 games started) he has a 1.72 ERA. He has had a bunch of good fortune on the pitcher’s mound though, as his 3.06 FIP shows. Still, a nice start to the season with those 33 strikeouts.